Outrider Press

Outrider Press

Welcome to Outrider Press, offering full service small press support for your writing and publishing needs since 1987. Award-winning author/editor Whitney Scott presents workshops from Short Story Writing to Crafting Your Memoirs. She also provides editorial and book development assistance to individual clients whose work has gone on to win state and national prizes. 


​Since Scott comes from a long line of European book artists and hand book binders, Book Arts are also a part of Outrider Press. Specialties include hand crafted memorabilia boxes, journals and scrapbooks, and restoration and repair services for treasured heirlooms.  ​


Outrider Press  publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction since 1988 including the acclaimed Black and White anthology series in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. Titles on the various themes include Deep Waters, Fearsome Fascinations, Love the Second Time Around, Music in the Air, and A Walk in My Garden. Details on submitting your writings for possible publication and cash awards totaling $1,000 are found on this site's 'About Us' section below and by emailing outriderpress@sbcglobal.net 


TallGrass Writers Guild, a Chicago-based, 501-C-3 nonprofit arts organization, serves writers at all levels of development. TallGrass (TWG) provides local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities. Performance opportunities include Open Mics the fourth Sunday of each month at Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted Street in Chicago, beginning February, 2015; two themed readings each year by TallGrass members at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago; yearly Tri-State readings at venues throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin; and programs by the TallGrass Performance Ensemble at libraries, nature centers, colleges and universities throughout the Tri-state region. 


Upcoming TallGrass Events

  • Open Mic at Powell's Bookstore -- Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. w/the legendary Bob Lawrence as Featured Author. Immediately following his performance of humorous poetry is the TWG Open Mic where everyone can present up to 10 minutes of poetry, fiction, essays, comedy, music, and more. $6 cover reduced to $5 for students.


  • TWG's Springtime Themed Reading -- Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Book Cellar. TallGrass members read original work on 'Identity':  profession, nationality...and more. Free to all.


TWG provides publication opportunities with the annual Black and White anthologies. Publishing parties are at the historic Sulzer Regional Library, and Kickoff Readings by the anthologies' contributors are Featured Programs at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation's third largest literary event of its kind.   


About Us -  Outrider, in affiliation with TallGrass, publishes the Black and White anthology series, now in its 20th year. Submissions for the 2015 theme--'Embers and Flames'--are made through Submittable at:  http://tallgrasswritersguild.submittable.com/submit  or by emailing: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net


General Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline: 3-27-15
  • Previously published and simultaneously submitted work OK
  • Poetry: to 30 lines preferred, not required
  • Prose: Fiction and nonfiction-to 2500 words
  • Cash awards by independent judges of $500 for poetry and $500 for prose
  • Entry fees:  poetry--$16/$12 for TWG members for each group of 1-4 poems or partial group of poems
  • Entry fees:  prose--$16/$12 for TWG members for each entry
  • No limit on number of submissions in any category or combination of categories.
  • We interpret broadly-camp fires, candles, fireplaces, lightning, firecrackers; and rekindled passions, rediscovered hobbies, books, relatives, places and beliefs are examples.


  • For complete guidelines, email us at:  outriderpress@sbcglobal.net 


2016 Theme: 'Home is...' bricks, glass, high rises, dorms, barracks; animals' nests and burrows, and fish hiding in coral formations; feeling at home, home for the holidays, home cooking, and home base are examples.


Contact us by emailing: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net


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